Having a break after every 25 minutes of typing (chiropractor’s orders!) is certainly taking the pressure off my back. Also, when I looked through my notebook today, I found many ideas that I could use for today’s blog. This meant that I didn’t need to spend as much time sitting there poised or hunched over the computer waiting for the brain to kick in.
I love writing, so I don’t really want to spend less time on my laptop. I want to type loads, and not feel any pain whilst I am doing it – and the great thing is, I think I’ve found something that will help…
Laptop stands and writing slopes
Although my chiropractor told me that laptops are bad for posture and can sometimes contribute to back and neck pain, he did suggest a laptop stand and handed me a piece of paper with the word ‘posturite’ on it, so I googled it. Lo and behold, there’s a great website called www.posturite.co.uk with lots of information about how to sit at the computer (desktop or laptop) and also some excellent equipment to use.
The laptop stands, which “turn your laptop into an ergonomic workstation”, are shown on there as well as writing slopes and iPad stands. These are basically in the shape of a slope and there are many different types, even small ones for children. The idea of a laptop stand is so that your keyboard is in the right place ergonomically, as well as the level of your screen.
The site is a great source of information generally as it explains exercises you can do whilst sitting at your desk and the laptop set up section tells you how to reduce the risk of long-term injury. As I’ve become very interested in the subject of posture, I will continue my research this week and anything new I learn I’ll post as updates. This way we can all type more and feel great doing it.
- Improve Your Posture when Working on Your Laptop (smarthome.com)
- Note 302 – Take care of your spine through good posture (mywritingnotebook.com)
- Note 248 – How writers can end up with posture problems (mywritingnotebook.com)